Fall is coming—and you know what that means? Pumpkins and candy corn and apples, oh my! Crisp air and warm sweaters are best accompanied by a tart treat. Not to mention, apple picking is one of our favorite family-friendly activities to do in Washington in the fall. Not sure where to start?
Here are the 4 best places to go apple picking (or tasting!) in Washington this year.
What Are The Best Apple Picking Spots in Washington?
Washington is a great place to be in the fall. Whether you’re visiting the area or a local looking for a fun Saturday activity, we highly recommend the following places for apple picking (and tasting!) this fall.
Apple Creek Orchard
Address: 5367 Barr Road, Ferndale, WA 98248
Opens: October 1
Nothing’s sweeter than a fresh picked Jonagold apple from Apple Creek Orchard. Located in Ferndale, Washington, the orchard is only about an hour and a half from Seattle.
Prime time to visit is between the first and second week of October. To learn more, visit them on the web.
Jones Creek Farms
Address: 32260 Burrese Road, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
Opens: August 17
Jones Creek Farms is a small, family-owned-and-operated orchard located just north of Seattle. Specializing in U-Pick, this orchard is the perfect place to take the kids this fall to pick apples (and pears!). This year, the season began on August 17 and will run until the end of October. Don’t forget to check the harvest schedule before planning your trip!
Address: 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264
Opens: August 25
Just outside Bellingham, Bellewood Acres is a family favorite. Offering 20 apple varieties including Sansa, Jonagold, Mountain Rose, and more, you’re sure to find something to love.
Here, you can pick your own apples (and your own pumpkins!) or enjoy the on-site farmers market. Make a day of it and stop by the Country Café and Bakery for a delicious meal or head over to their new distillery to enjoy a cider tasting bar.
Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm
Address: 9402 Rich Road SE Olympia WA 98501
Opens: Open all year (closed on Sundays!)
Although this farm doesn’t have U-pick apples, Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm is well worth the trip. Family fun will ensue when your kids notice the petting zoo and play area.
As parents, you’ll enjoy the farmers market and bakery—just don’t forget to sample the cider. Their sweet apple cider has won several national awards—like First Place at the North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association.
Top Tips For Fall Apple Picking Near Seattle
Did you know that Washington produces about 60 percent of the nation’s supply of apples? It’s true—and apple orchards in Washington state love guests. So, what should you look for when taking your family to the orchard this fall? Here are our top tips to make your apple picking trip a success.
- Call ahead before visiting to make sure the orchard you want to visit has self-picking options open the day of your visit.
- Let the kiddos have the low-hanging fruit (or bring along a small step ladder so they can reach the apples!).
- Peak apple picking season lasts September through the end of October, so plan accordingly.
- Bring along your own bags or boxes in case the orchard has run out of them.
- Wear rubber boots (as the orchards tend to be a bit muddy!).
- Check with the orchard before bringing Fido along—many orchards have a no-pet policy to help you and your pup stay safe.
- Plan how many apples you’ll want before you arrive—you don’t want to over pick!
Get There Safely When You Choose Suburb Service As Your Subaru Repair Shop
Fall is the perfect time for a weekend getaway in Seattle…but we want to make sure you get there safely. Bring your Subaru into the shop for an oil change or maintenance check-up before heading out to the orchard—you can schedule an appointment online or give us a call today at 206-364-8089. Let us get you and your Subaru to your fall destination safely so you can get back to enjoying a day of apple picking with your family. Show your Subaru some love.